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Dolly Parton’s emotional message about losing her dearest friend Kenny Rogers brings tears

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Country music icon Dolly Parton gave an emotional tribute to her longtime friend Kenny Rogers who died on Friday.

The 74-year-old entertainer took to Twitter on Saturday to mourn the loss of Rogers, the country music legend who “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer told Variety.

 

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Parton, who performed the 1983 “Islands in the Stream” duet with Rogers, captioned her Twitter post with a note about how she “loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend.”

“You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone,” Parton wrote about the 81-year-old voice behind country hits like “The Gambler,” and “Lady.”

“We all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today, but I’m sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today. He’s going to be asking Him to spread some light on the darkness that’s going on here,” Parton said in her video message, saying she was not expecting the news about her friend’s passing when she turned on the television to get an update on the coronavirus outbreak

“I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken, a big old chunk of it has gone with him today,” she said, holding a photo herself with Rogers.

“God bless you Kenny, fly high straight into the arms of God,” Parton ended her emotional message. “To the rest of you, keep the faith.”

 

NEW YORK, NY – CIRCA 1985: Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Many tributes poured out on social media for the Grammy-award winning Rogers whose career spanned nearly seven decades. And many of Parton’s fans reacted to her heartfelt words with memories and gratitude.

In the end, Rogers’ own words proved a fitting tribute:

“Now Ev’ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
‘Cause ev’ry hand’s a winner and ev’ry hand’s a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep. “

 

Frieda Powers

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